Thursday, October 24, 2013

Gone but not forgotten

It's time to catch up on some music names who have died during the last few weeks. The Vinyl Word lifts a glass to them all.
Roland Janes, who was 80, was a member of the Sun house band and his guitar playing was to the
fore on Jerry Lee Lewis hits such as Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On and High School Confidential, as well as being a member of Billy Lee Riley's backing band The Little Green Men. He recorded some tracks under his own name which went unreleased at the time and set up Rita records, which made it big with Harold Dorman's Mountain Of Love. His Sonic label produced work by Travis Wammack among others, but he left the music busness, only to return in the early 80s to work once more for Sam Phillips.
Jazz and R and B singer Gloria Lynne was 83 when she died after a recording career which stretched over 50 years. Born in Harlem she had US pop hits in the early sixties with June Night, Love I Found You, I'm Glad There Is You, I Wish You Love (her theme song) and an answer song to the Gene McDaniels hit  (You Don't Have To Be) A Tower of Strength. She moved towards jazz and worked with Quincy Jones among others. New York City proclaimed a Gloria Lynne Day in 1995 and she was honoured with a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation two years later.
A final word, too, for jazz singer and guitarist Frank D'Rone, who had a UK hit in 1960 with Strawberry Blonde (The Band Rocked On). He was 81.
Also for Noel Harrison, son of Sir Rex Harrison, best known for The Windmills Of Your Mind, the theme for the Thomas Crowne Affair, which was a UK hit in 1968. An Olympic skier, he moved to the US and then Canada, where he hosted a TV show, before returning to the UK in the 1990s.
Finally, Maxine Powell, the woman who taught etiquette to and imposed refinement on Motown's stars of the 1960s, has died aged 89.


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